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Interview: Suresh Krissna recalls his journey with SPB

September 30, 2020

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Interview: YG Mahendran, Kavithalaya Krishnan, Kalpana remember SPB

September 29, 2020

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#AskBR – Remembering SPB

September 28, 2020

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Remembering SP Balasubrahmanyam through the MSV era, the Ilaiyaraaja era, and beyond

September 25, 2020

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A journey through the great singer’s songs in Tamil cinema, by the two great composers who used him the most, and used him the best. How on earth do you write about SPB? How do you contain the vastness of his accomplishments, the vast pleasures he has brought us, in a couple of thousand words? […]

The spirit of Rangeela, at 25: A still-colourful fantasy from Ram Gopal Varma, AR Rahman Aamir Khan, Urmila Matondkar

September 8, 2020

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At a macro level, there’s literally nothing you can sense at a one-line level and say, “Wow, this is going to be huge.” But the beautiful “micro” touches make the movie. You don’t associate the word “benign” with Ram Gopal Varma. You associate it with someone like Sooraj Barjatya, whose Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! had […]

The music of Bandish Bandits on Amazon Prime Video: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy go all out in a magnificent East-meets-West soundtrack

August 3, 2020

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Over the years, our film music has become increasingly Western. But listening to the stunningly classical “Garaj Garaj”, you wonder: Is OTT poised to change the OST? Here’s the description for Bandish Bandits on the Amazon Prime Video site: “Radhe a singing prodigy from a classical background & Tamanna, a pop sensation on the rise […]

#AskBR – AR Rahman

July 31, 2020

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Dil Bechara

July 15, 2020

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Saroj Khan: Breaking down the choreography that created hits for Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit

July 9, 2020

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Like in our classical dance, the idea was to create a “movement” or a “step” that illustrated the lyric. This is the tradition Saroj Khan inherited, and she ran with it.  It’s no accident that Saroj Khan’s best-known dance choreography came in the Sridevi-Madhuri Dixit era. Indian mainstream cinema was still “Indian”, and not “Westernised”. […]

Hemant Kumar: On his birth centenary, a musical flashback

June 16, 2020

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Recalling some of the composer-singer’s music, from the sombre Guru Dutt films to Girl Friend, which had ‘Boom booma boom’. When it comes to films, we may admire the choices an actor makes, but there’s always a doubt: Is this great bit of dialogue delivery the actor’s own choice, or did the director prompt him […]

The unshackling of Tamil film music from the Carnatic idiom happened long before Ilaiyaraaja (addenda)

June 12, 2020

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The unshackling of Tamil film music from the Carnatic idiom happened long before Ilaiyaraaja

June 8, 2020

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The maestro is a talent that comes along once in the bluest of moons. My point is simply that his genius doesn’t need the negation of everyone who came before him. June 2 came and went. And with the day, Ilaiyaraja’s birthday, a hundred tribute pieces came and went into the Internet’s memory. If someone […]

Readers Write In #197: Vishal-Shekhar & Siddharth Anand – A combination that doesn’t get talked about much

May 30, 2020

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(by Raghav Ravichandran) For somebody like me whose understanding of Hindi and generally the foray into Bollywood music happened in the early 2000’s there is one music composer duo, Vishal-Shekhar who have played a significant role in ensuring I became a big admirer of Bollywood Music and started following almost each Hindi album especially from […]

Readers Write In #165: Beating lockdown blues through Bollywood Music

May 2, 2020

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(by Raghav Ravichandran) This period of lockdown is a great time for people to rekindle lost hobbies, get back to doing something they wanted to do or just use this time to slow down and just use this time to strengthen  the bond with family or friends which was lost for some reason or the […]

Masakali 2.0: AR Rahman is understandably annoyed, but remakes aren’t going away anytime soon

April 9, 2020

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A remix itself isn’t a sin. Sometimes, it’s about a vision, about how you see the original song. But this Tanishk Bagchi version is just pointless. A little after T-Series dropped ‘Masakali 2.0’, the world found itself considering a new adjective to describe AR Rahman: “angry”. The Sufi saint of Indian film music took to […]

AR Rahman’s 99 Songs is easier to admire than love, but there’s a LOT to admire…

April 2, 2020

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This isn’t just a movie’s soundtrack album. It’s a ‘concept album’, like the whoppers that major rock bands used to make when music was more than just something you listened to while doing the dishes. Spoilers ahead… Just how many AR Rahmans are there? For starters, there’s the AR Rahman who’s been at the top […]

Readers Write In #111: “Pal pal har pal” from Lage raho Munnabhai is The definitive Hindi film song

November 13, 2019

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(by Ankit Sinha) Cinema, plot and time, and why I think “Pal pal har pal” from Lage raho Munnabhai is The definitive Hindi film song “Pal pal..” is not just a great example of how to place film songs well in a narrative, but it can serve as the very image of the concept of […]

Happy 90th birthday, Lata Mangeshkar!

September 28, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/happy-90th-birthday-lata-mangeshkar/ The singer’s greatness is taken for granted (and rightly so), but is the “Lata era” still a thing? Or is it just for older listeners and nostalgists? Hema Mangeshkar. After 90 years, the name doesn’t just sound off, it sounds wrong, like calling a rainbow a […]

Readers Write In #93: 27 years of Rahman

August 27, 2019

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(by Nirupama V) A.R Rahman’s music has always been a part of my life. I have an old CD that contains the video songs of Baba from when I was 4 years old that used to be played on our old Philips VCD player that doubled as a tape recorder. I vividly remember falling in […]

The contentious nature of the National Awards

April 14, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/the-contentious-nature-of-the-national-awards-baahubali-village-rockstars-sridevi/ Musings on the country’s most prestigious film awards – and this is not about whether X deserved to win over Y. Another year. Another set of arguments over the National Awards. For instance: Did Sridevi deserve Best Actress? Indeed, under normal circumstances, would her performance in […]